WHAT'S IT GOING TO BE?

What book should you read next? What words should you write next? Whether you're a reader, a writer, or both, you need look no further for ideas and pointers to help you make up your mind. You might even get your next book for free!

Sometimes I even give away my own novels. My Inspirational romances and devotionals are pictured below and are detailed on my Books page. You can always count on a trace of humor in my novels and nonfiction. Whether you're a teen or a woman mature in years, I think these stories will ring true.

Read on, and discover some of today's most appealing Inspirational novelists, their latest books, and their words of wisdom and imagination. Enjoy!

Monday, July 26, 2021

99 Cent Sale for Together by Design!


Short-Term Summer Sale!

My contemporary romantic comedy,
Together by Design,
is currently available on Kindle 
for only 99 cents.

Here's what the book is about:

Elena Tafani is in control of almost every aspect of her life. But getting arrested is only the first in a number of experiences that throw her summer completely off kilter. She may know how to stage a home to show it at its best, but her life isn’t showing quite as well. 

There’s her runaway niece, her hard-bitten sister, her over-indulgent parents, and her judgmental clients. 

Then there’s Chaz, the best friend for whom she’s developing very confusing feelings. 

What’s a good rule follower supposed to do?

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



And you can read a sample by going HERE and clicking on Look Inside

Happy reading!

Monday, July 5, 2021

Local Girl Sale and Free Books!


Summer Sale! 

For a limited time, my fun 
contemporary romance, 
Local Girl
will be available on Kindle 
for only 99 cents.


Here's what the book is about:

Entrepreneur Edie Keegan achieves ever-growing acclaim for her popular Local Girl perfume. Her romantic life hasn’t been quite as successful, but that’s fine with her. As she insists to her matchmaking friend, Sara-Penny Butler, she’s not in the market for love. But Sara-Penny knows better, and she understands Edie and her painful past more than Edie realizes.

When Ben Walsh, the town veterinarian, turns Edie’s head, she questions whether love is worth the risk of getting hurt, whether Ben is the man for her (despite her cat allergies), and whether Sara-Penny is ever going to mind her own business.

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



And you can read a sample by going HERE and clicking on Look Inside.

Happy reading!


Also, the winner of the free Kindle copy of Ane Mulligan's historical romance novel, On Sugar Hill, is: 

tumcsec@...

Congratulations! We'll get your book right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to learn about new releases! U.S. subscribers are entered in the drawings a second time when they comment.



Monday, June 28, 2021

Ane Mulligan and Free Books!

She traded Sugar Hill for Vaudeville. Now she’s back, but will the people of her past keep her from a brilliant future?

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free Kindle copy of the historical women’s novel, Second-Hand Sunsets by Gail Kittleson, is:

mauback55@...

Congratulations! We'll get your book right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to learn about new releases! U.S. subscribers are entered in the drawings a second time when they comment.

And now let's chat with novelist Ane Mulligan, author of the historical romance novel, On Sugar Hill (Heritage Beacon, June, 2021).

Ane Mulligan has been a voracious reader ever since her mom instilled within her a love of reading at age three, escaping into worlds otherwise unknown. 

But when Ane saw Peter Pan on stage, she was struck with a fever from which she never recovered—stage fever. She submerged herself in drama through high school and college. One day, her two loves collided, and a bestselling, award-winning novelist emerged. 

Ane lives in Sugar Hill, Georgia, with her artist husband and a rascally Rottweiler. 

Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

I’m the artistic & managing director for a theatre company.

You're so perfect for that role, Ane. Please tell us a bit more about the plot of On Sugar Hill.

She traded Sugar Hill for Vaudeville. Now she’s back.

The day Cora Fitzgerald turned sixteen, she fled Sugar Hill for the bright lights of New York City, leaving behind her senator-father’s verbal abuse. But just as her career takes off, she’s summoned back home. And everything changes. 

The stock market crashes. The senator is dead. Her mother is delusional, and her mute Aunt Clara pens novels that expose the town’s secrets. 

Then there’s Boone Robertson, who never knew she was alive back in high school, but now manages to be around whenever she needs help. Will the people of her past keep her from a brilliant future?

What is it about Cora that will make your readers care about her?

Cora has gained star status as a ventriloquist and voice thrower in vaudeville. Giving that up to come home to help her mother and aunt is a huge sacrifice, yet she does it willingly. She still dreams of returning to vaudeville or even Broadway, but ...

Write one sentence that tells us something about your main character as a child.

Her father’s words of disdain drowned out her mother’s words of encouragement.

Aw, that's terribly sad. 

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

Dust by Eva Marie Everson. The story was so captivating, I did nothing but read until I finished it.

Yes! I featured Eva and her book here in May. Another southern women's novel!

What are you working on now?

The 4th book in the Georgia Magnolias series, Up Level Creek.

She's a swashbuckling dreamer who wields books instead of swords. He's a no-nonsense lawman who longs for justice. Total opposites with one goal in mind.

Your books are great fun.

Where else can readers find you online?

I can be found on AneMulligan.com, Amazon Author page, Facebook, BookBub, Goodreads, Pinterest, Twitter, and The Write Conversation.


The book can be purchased online via the following button:



Readers, you can access a sample from the novel by going HERE and clicking on Look Inside.

Finally, Ane, what question would you like to ask my readers?

What attracts you to a book? The cover? Blurb? Recommendation from others?

Thanks, Ane, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Ane has offered to give away a free copy of her book. To enter, click on the word "comments" below to reach the comments page, and leave your answer and your email in answer to Ane's question above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that U.S. subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

Only United States residents are eligible for the drawing, but anyone can subscribe to the blog posts via the GDPA-compliant Feedblitz box above my list of books, at right.

Also readers, if you connect with me on Bookbub, you'll get alerts when my books release and when they're available at special sale prices. And if you'd like to connect with me on Facebook, just click HERE or on my name at the right of today's post title.

Annoying legal disclaimer: as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases; drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer, GDPA notice, and my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE

Monday, June 21, 2021

Gail Kittleson and Free Books!

Cursed by her losses and forsaking faith and love, Abigail Ferguson flees southern Missouri for Arizona Territory, where unrewarded labor awaits her, and the massive Mogollon Rim blots out even the sunset.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of the dual-timeline suspense novel, Bridge of Gold, by Kimberley Woodhouse, is:

trdivincenzo@...

Congratulations! We'll get your book right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to learn about new releases! U.S. subscribers are entered in the drawings a second time when they comment.

And now let's visit with novelist Gail Kittleson, author of the historical women’s novel, Second-Hand Sunsets (WordCrafts Press, January 2021).

Writing has always been Gail’s passion, but it took decades to develop the self-confidence required to become an author. Previously, she earned her M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language and instructed college expository writing.

As a Baby-Boomer reared on a farm, Gail cherishes the old-fashioned values of rural life. Her memoir led to fiction writing and a bona-fide addiction to the World War II era. Her stand-alone novels and Women of the Heartland series honor Greatest Generation members who sacrificed so much for the cause of freedom.

Gail and her husband live in northern Iowa, but retreat to Arizona’s Mogollon Rim Country in winter. They enjoy grandchildren, gardening, and historical exploration. It’s no secret why this late-bloomer calls her website DARE TO BLOOM, and she loves to encourage other writers through facilitating workshops.

Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

I love to walk and am presently recovering from hip replacement surgery.

Walking is a great joy to me as well, Gail! It's great exercise, and you can accomplish a lot of thinking or listening to music or to audiobooks while enjoying nature. I'm glad to hear you're recovering from your surgery.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Second-Hand Sunsets.

The Civil War era presents the perfect opportunity to re-invent oneself, and Ray McHale takes full advantage. 

Grieving the loss of her betrothed and her parents, Abigail Ferguson grows bitter and rejects even her pastor’s consolation. Believing she is cursed in her Missouri hometown, she accepts Ray’s offer of a hasty departure for Arizona Territory. She packs just one trunk, and at the last minute adds her father’s copy of Les Miserables and her mother’s Bible.

Two years after Abby and Ray reach their plot under the Mogollon Rim, Martin Tolzmann, a Cavalry sergeant who once met Abby in her father’s general store, receives orders to ferret out a rustler of government cattle.

In an unlikely reunion that brings his buried feelings for Abby to the surface, Martin discovers her living as a virtual slave on Ray’s isolated ranch. Martin’s shyness equals Abby’s belief that her life is over—but can grace still work a miracle?

What is it about Abby that will make your readers care about her?

Abby is quite young at the outset, an only child. She is convinced her terrible losses—her betrothed to the war, her parents and aunt to a terrible fire—set her apart from other people as cursed. Unable to borrow others’ faith any longer, she gives up on the spiritual side of life, and on beauty. Once, she loved to sketch, but she leaves her pencils, paper, and other tools behind. I think we’ve all felt a little like this at times, and can identify with the temptation to push away anything that reminds us of the past.

Yes, it's difficult to feel inspired or creative when one is depressed or feeling poorly physically. 

Consider the characters you’ve created. You know how characters can evolve as we write their stories? What was one way a character changed from how you initially imagined him or her, either in this book or some other story you’ve written?

I’ve recently completed a World War II manuscript about a British immigrant to Texas Hill Country. After losing his wife and home, he and his butler buy some American property with an old stone house and a fruit orchard, and take his young son to live there.

Just as they are getting settled, something occurs with the butler that I didn’t foresee, and sets in motion events that greatly alter the main character’s life. Quelle surprise! Since I’m a “pantser,” this type of thing occurs quite often, and I love the way the characters whisper our next steps in my ear.

So do I. Much more fun than following what was planned.

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

I really enjoyed Bookends by Liz Curtis Higgs. I usually don’t choose contemporary stories, and especially not romances, but found this one at my neighbor’s garage sale, to be honest. I would recommend this book because the setting deals with historical facts being investigated, so it’s an historical novel in disguise. Also, the characters come off as real, with redeemable flaws that in essence draw them to each other.

What are you working on now?

I’m between the novel I just described and going back through a cozy mystery one more time to make sure it’s in the best shape possible for publication.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.gailkittleson.com
Facebook
Amazon Author Page
Twitter
@gailkittlesonauthor (Instagram)

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



Readers, you can access a sample from the novel by going HERE and clicking on Look Inside.

Finally, Gail, what question would you like to ask my readers?

What draws you to historical novels, and what era/setting do you prefer? Have you ever grown weary of one era and switched? (I realize this = three questions, but I’m really interested in your responses!)

So am I! Thanks, Gail, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Gail has offered to give away a free copy of her book. To enter, click on the word "comments" below to reach the comments page, and leave your answer and your email in answer to Gail's question above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that U.S. subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

Only United States residents are eligible for the drawing, but anyone can subscribe to the blog posts via the GDPA-compliant Feedblitz box above my list of books, at right.

Also readers, if you connect with me on Bookbub, you'll get alerts when my books release and when they're available at special sale prices. And if you'd like to connect with me on Facebook, just click HERE or on my name at the right of today's post title.

Annoying legal disclaimer: as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases; drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer, GDPA notice, and my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE

Monday, June 14, 2021

Kimberley Woodhouse and Free Books!

Repairs on the Golden Gate Bridge uncover a century-old murder.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free Kindle copy of the romantic women's novella, Avoiding Marriage: A Practically Married Novella, by Karin Beery, is:

jarning67@...

Congratulations! We'll get your book right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to learn about new releases! U.S. subscribers are entered in the drawings a second time when they comment.

And now let's chat with novelist Kimberley Woodhouse, author of the dual-timeline suspense novel, Bridge of Gold (Barbour, June 2021).

Kimberley Woodhouse is a CBA and ECPA best-selling author of more than twenty-five books which have earned her many accolades, including Christian Retailing’s Top Pick and Publisher’s Weekly starred reviews. Winner of the Carol Award, the Holt Medallion, and the Reader's Choice Award among others, she loves to teach on writing. 

A lover of history and research, she often gets sucked into the past and then her husband has to lure her out with chocolate. 

Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

I love to cook and have quite the collection of cookbooks. For my daughter’s wedding, I put together all of my own recipes to give to my kids. It was quite a daunting project and ended up being four binders!

I can imagine! That was such a labor of love, putting your recipes together for your kids. The last time I had to pack to move, I gave about fifty cookbooks to the library! 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Bridge of Gold.

Underwater archaeologist Kayla Richardson is called to the Golden Gate Bridge where repairs to one of the towers uncovers two human remains from the late 1800s and the 1930s. The head of the bridge restoration is Steven Michaels, who dives with Kayla, and a friendship develops between them. 

But as the investigation heats up and gold is found that dates back to the gold rush, more complications come into play that threaten them both. Could clues leading to a Gold Rush era mystery that was first discovered during the building of the bridge still ignite an obsession worth killing for?

What is it about Luke that will make your readers care about him?

Luke -- the hero in the 1933 timeline -- is a diver working on the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. He has to make some really tough decisions in the story to provide for and protect the woman he loves.

Write one sentence that tells us something about Kayla as a child.

Kayla -- the heroine in the present-day timeline -- was an elite swimmer in her childhood and youth.

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

Pepper Basham’s Hope Between the Pages – it’s such a great story and the setting is amazing. The characters really came alive for me!

What are you working on now?

Currently, I’m reading the final page-proof galleys for A Deep Divide (book one in the Secrets of the Canyon series releasing in October) and I’m writing book two in the same series (releasing from Bethany House October 2022).

Where else can readers find you online?

kimberleywoodhouse.com
Bookbub
Goodreads
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Amazon Author Page
YouTube Channel

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



Readers, you can access a sample from the novel by going HERE and clicking on Look Inside.

Finally, Kimberley, what question would you like to ask my readers?

What is a fascinating historical fact you’ve learned from reading a fiction novel?

Thanks, Kimberley, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Kimberley has offered to give away a free copy of her book. To enter, click on the word "comments" below to reach the comments page, and leave your answer and your email in answer to Kimberley's question above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that U.S. subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

Only United States residents are eligible for the drawing, but anyone can subscribe to the blog posts via the GDPA-compliant Feedblitz box above my list of books, at right.

Also readers, if you connect with me on Bookbub, you'll get alerts when my books release and when they're available at special sale prices. And if you'd like to connect with me on Facebook, just click HERE or on my name at the right of today's post title.

Annoying legal disclaimer: as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases; drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer, GDPA notice, and my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE

Thursday, June 10, 2021

An Unordinary Romance Set!

New release! An Unordinary Romance: 
A trio of fish-out-of-water romances 
in one exciting volume!

All three for the price of one.

 
Here's what the stories are about: 

Autumn's Return, by Joi Copeland 

She longs for forgiveness and redemption. He longs for a new start and reconciliation. 
 
Autumn Johnson left her hometown of Denver, Colorado, and her husband ten years ago and moved to Grand Junction. She resumes her life of partying until tragedy strikes, bringing her to her knees. After giving her life to Jesus, she returns in hopes of reconciling. When she accepts a job at the same radio station as her husband, she finds herself questioning whether the decision to return was a good one. 

Hal Johnson watched his wife drive out of his life a decade ago. When she begins working at KORE FM, he struggles to find where he belongs in her life. When the truth comes out about how she lived her life apart from him, he questions everything. 

 Can they find their way back to each other or will they let their past dictate their future? 


When She Stumbled, by Trish Perry 

Georgie Hobbs awakens on a gorgeous morning in her lovely Washington, DC apartment and stands on the precipice of professional and personal success. She’s the author of an exciting new biography about a hotshot marriage therapist. She has a talented boyfriend in Manhattan, where she may move if their love continues to grow. 

But in a matter of hours, Georgie sees her vision of the future crumble in nearly every respect—her career, her love, her home—gone. 

City girl Georgie escapes to the tiny rural town of Grimsey, Iowa, to lick her wounds and find shelter with her sister’s family. Thanks to an old movie star, a handsome sculptor, and unearthed secrets, shelter is just the beginning of what she finds. 


Finding Love in the Fog of Aphasia, by Diane E. Tatum 

One day on his regular bike ride on the hills of Daelin, GA, Jamey Connor and his bike wound up under a car. Jamey sustained serious injuries including Traumatic Brain Injury with Expressive Aphasia, causing an inability to communicate professionally despite his three engineering degrees. Noelle Etheridge, a certified Speech Language Pathologist, is hired by Jamey’s father and grandfather, owners of Sullivan and Connor Engineering, to aid Jamey in recovery of his communication skills. 

After one week, Jamey’s father decides to put Jamey back on disability and fire Noelle. After her dismissal, Noelle and Jamey fall in love. Amid a toxic environment at work, lawyers, and a new medical complication, how will they find a way to create a future together?


The set can be purchased via the following button:

Monday, June 7, 2021

Karin Beery and Free Books!

She has a chance to redeem her reputation. All she has to do is not blow it. Again.

Before we talk with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of the women's contemporary novel, At Lighthouse Point, by Suzanne Woods Fisher, is:

sarahmom335@...

Congratulations! We'll get your book right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to learn about new releases! U.S. subscribers are entered in the drawings a second time when they comment.

And now let's revisit with novelist Karin Beery, author of romantic women’s novella, Avoiding Marriage: A Practically Married Novella (EA Publishing, April 2021).

Karin Beery grew up in a rural Michigan town, where she wrote her first novel in high school. Today, she writes hopeful fiction with a healthy dose of romance, including her award-nominated sophomore novel Practically Married

When she’s not writing fiction, she’s reading, editing, or teaching it. In her free time, she enjoys watching University of Michigan football (usually) and action-adventure movies with her husband and fur babies.

Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

I’m a mosquito magnet. Release one mosquito into a crowd of 100 people and it will find me.

Ah, a woman after my own heart! I don't experience them so much on the west coast, but wow, did the DC Metropolitan Area mosquitos love me! I guess we're especially sweet, Karin.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Avoiding Marriage.

Two years ago, Jessica Miller made a mess of her already confusing life. Now, she’s back in Boyne Heights, and she’s determined to fix her reputation. She can’t seem to avoid the past that haunts her, but that’s the joy of small-town life—word spreads and people remember. 

Intent on her mission, however, she faces her past head-on, taking a job with her ex-boyfriend while avoiding her grandmother’s attempts to find her a new one.

What is it about Jess that will make your readers care about her?

Jess is smart and beautiful, but she’s also made plenty of mistakes and her life isn’t perfect. Readers relate to her struggles and decisions (even the hard ones).

Write one sentence that tells us something about Jess as a child.

Jess adored the men in her life—her handsome grandpa, her rough-around-the-edges daddy, and her doting older brother.

It's nice to read the occasional book with solid male characters! 

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

The Sowing Season by Katie Powner. It’s the story of a 60-something Gerrit forced into retirement and 16-year-old Rae, his neighbor. They form an unlikely friendship as he learns how to deal with his past and she prepares for her future. This is way outside my normal genres (romance and women’s fiction) but the characters are great and there’s a hint of humor throughout—I loved seeing how the characters navigated life and their relationships. It was hard to put down.

What are you working on now?

A follow-up to Avoiding Marriage. I hadn’t planned to write a series, but people want to know what’s going to happen next in Boyne Heights, so I’m going back with a new female character who will find her life entwined with Felix’s (Jess’s brother).

What a compliment, to have readers asking for more! Where else can you be found online?

The best place to find me is my website: karinbeery.com

I’m also on social media at:

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

And some reader sites:

Bookbub
Amazon Author Page
Goodreads

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



Readers, you can access a sample from the novel by going HERE and clicking on Look Inside.

Finally, Karin, what question would you like to ask my readers?

What’s your favorite trope (I’m a sucker for a marriage of convenience story)? What’s the last one you read?

Thanks, Karin, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Karin has offered to give away a free copy of her book. To enter, click on the word "comments" below to reach the comments page, and leave your answer and your email in answer to Karin's question above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that U.S. subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

Only United States residents are eligible for the drawing, but anyone can subscribe to the blog posts via the GDPA-compliant Feedblitz box above my list of books, at right.

Also readers, if you connect with me on Bookbub, you'll get alerts when my books release and when they're available at special sale prices. And if you'd like to connect with me on Facebook, just click HERE or on my name at the right of today's post title.

Annoying legal disclaimer: as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases; drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer, GDPA notice, and my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE

Monday, May 31, 2021

Suzanne Woods Fisher and Free Books!

Blaine Grayson returns home with a grand plan to ratchet the family’s summer camp up a notch or two. After all, now that the sandbar has gone missing, Three Sisters Island is finally on the map. But that’s the funny thing about Mother Nature—she always has the last word.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free Kindle copy of the contemporary Christian romance novel, Cornerstone, by Nancy Farrier, is:

lemonade050@...

Congratulations! We'll get your e-book right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to learn about new releases! U.S. subscribers are entered in the drawings a second time when they comment.

And now let's chat with novelist Suzanne Woods Fisher, author of the women’s contemporary novel, At Lighthouse Point--book 3 in the Three Sisters Island series (Revell Books, May 2021).

With over one million copies sold, Suzanne Woods Fisher is a bestselling, award winning author of over 30 books, ranging from novels to children’s books to non-fiction. She is a Christy Award finalist, a Carol and Selah award winner, and a two-time finalist for ECPA Book of the Year. 

Suzanne writes stories that take you to places you’ve never visited—with characters that seem like old friends. But most of all, her books give you something to think about long after you’ve finished reading it. 

Suzanne lives with her very big family in northern California.

Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

I’m very involved with Guide Dogs for the Blind. I’ve been a puppy raiser, and now I’m a breeder custodian. It’s exciting to see what these wonderful dogs are able to do to help visually impaired people live full and independent lives.

That's got to be extremely rewarding!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of At Lighthouse Point.

Blaine Grayson returns to Three Sisters Island with a grand plan--to take Camp Kicking Moose to the next level. Her dream starts to unravel when she discovers Moose Manor's kitchen has been badly remodeled by her sister, Cam, who doesn't know how to cook. Added to that blow is the cold shoulder given by her best friend, Artie Lotosky, now a doctor to the unbridged Maine islands.

As old wounds are opened, Blaine starts to wonder if she made a mistake by coming home. Little by little, she must let go of one dream to discover a new one, opening her heart to a purpose and a future she had never imagined.

What is it about Blaine that will make your readers care about her?

Blaine has had a few extra innings of adolescence…and she’s trying so very hard to catch up. A lot of people, I think, have a Blaine in their life and will appreciate what’s running through her mind.

I love that characterization--a few extra innings of adolescence. I think you're right--most of us either know or have been someone like Blaine. 

How do you restart the creative flow when you feel a block coming on?

Get. Away. From. The. Computer. Seriously! I go outside and take a walk or garden or play tennis. Fresh air for the brain works wonders for a re-boot.

Yes, the distraction often opens things up in the right hemisphere!

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. It’s sweet…and sad…and there’s one pivotal scene that, to me, has a remarkably redemptive moment.

I read that as well. I think the overall theme is an important one, which made me think of two of my most favorite Christmas stories. I don't want to spoil anything by saying which ones...

What are you working on now?

I’m just about to turn in the first in a new series (still to be named). I’ll give you a few hints: it’s set on Cape Cod, in the summer (of course), and is all about an ice cream shop. Seriously delicious research required for this one!

One must suffer for one's art.

Where else can readers find you online?

I love hearing from readers and answer all my own mail. It’s easy to contact me through my website: www.suzannewoodsfisher.com.

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



Readers, you can access a sample from the novel by going HERE and clicking on Look Inside.

Finally, Suzanne, what question would you like to ask my readers?

What’s the most popular ice cream flavor? (Answer: vanilla! Might seem a little dull, but it’s the world’s favorite flavor.) What's your favorite?

Thanks, Suzanne, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Suzanne has offered to give away a free copy of her book. To enter, click on the word "comments" below to reach the comments page, and leave your answer and your email in answer to Suzanne's question above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that U.S. subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

Only United States residents are eligible for the drawing, but anyone can subscribe to the blog posts via the GDPA-compliant Feedblitz box above my list of books, at right.

Also readers, if you connect with me on Bookbub, you'll get alerts when my books release and when they're available at special sale prices. And if you'd like to connect with me on Facebook, just click HERE or on my name at the right of today's post title.

Annoying legal disclaimer: as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases; drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer, GDPA notice, and my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE

Monday, May 24, 2021

Nancy Farrier and Free Books!

Wounded and dead inside, she’s been hurt one time too many, but his patience and love may heal the empty places.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free Kindle copy of the Faith-fueled Fantasy novel, Windward Shore, by Sharon Hinck, is:

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Congratulations! We'll get your book right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to learn about new releases! U.S. subscribers are entered in the drawings a second time when they comment.

And now let's chat with novelist Nancy Farrier, author of the Contemporary Christian Romance, Cornerstone (River Ink Press, June 2021).

Nancy J. Farrier grew up on a small farm in the Midwest amidst a close-knit family and a large extended family. She loved farm life, including the animals, cooking, gardening, and canning, but not so much the cleaning-house part. A little-known fact is that she preferred to help with feeding cattle or mending fences rather than helping with housework.

In school Nancy often got in trouble in history class for hiding a fiction book in her textbook to read during the teacher’s lecture. Or, she daydreamed her way through classes, writing stories in her head instead of paying attention to the teacher. English and Literature were her favorite classes.

Now a best-selling, award-winning author of Christian fiction, Nancy lives in Southern Arizona. She loves reading, hiking in the desert, and needlework. 

Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

If something or someone of mine is threatened, I tend to go charging in without thinking of a plan of action. I want to protect what’s mine from harm. 

I live in the Southwest and we’ve had problems recently with the javalina. Javalina look a little like wild pigs with the snout and tusks but they are a peccary. They’ve been digging under our fences coming in our yard looking for water. That was fine, but then they started destroying my cactus. The ones in pots on my porch. 

One night, at almost midnight, my dog started barking from her kennel. I knew the javalina were outside, so I jumped out of bed, jammed on my sandals and ran out to the porch. Javalina can be a little dangerous when cornered or startled, but all I thought about was my mammillarias [cacti]. I flipped on the light and charged outside. 

There was a moment of silence, and then javalina exploded everywhere. They were running around and I was clapping my hands, making shooing noises. I wasn’t hurt. Neither were my cactus. And the javalina were gone for that night. Whew!

Whew is right! Your story was so unusual compared to what authors usually answer, I read it to my family!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Cornerstone.

Cinda Bryant is done with men. They are only true to you until another pretty face catches their eye. Didn’t that happen to her mother? To her sister? To her, when her fianc√© did the unthinkable? So, why, does her heart skip a few beats when her shop is broken into, and Officer Ortega is there to help?

Daniel Ortega has waited for the right woman, and Cinda is that woman. He’s prayed and searched for God’s choice for him. But, is Cinda too wounded to see how much he cares for her? If she learns of his past will a relationship fail before getting started?

When Daniel asks Cinda to teach a quilting class for a group of troubled teens, he doesn’t expect her to work a miracle in their lives and his. When an enemy from her past returns to town, and Daniel’s past comes to light, they must cling to the cornerstone of their faith.

What is it about Cinda that will make your readers care about her?

Cinda is a very caring and giving person. She’s been wounded in the worst way and is struggling to find her way back to her faith and a semblance of normalcy. She puts everything into teaching a quilting class to teens and reaching out to those who have hurt her in the past. Her forgiving nature shines through.

Wow, she reaches out to those who have hurt her. That is a forgiving nature.

How do you restart the creative flow when you feel a block coming on?

I like to walk. I rarely have a block, but sometimes I need to work through a scene. When I go for a walk outdoors, my mind wanders and often that scene will work out right in my head, ready to be put down on paper. I always have my phone with me, so I can jot some notes and be ready to get back to work when I get home. Meanwhile, I’ve also gotten some fresh air and had time to stretch.

That makes sense. Occasionally when I'm on one of my walks--during which I always listen to audiobooks--the narrator says something that makes me think about something with regard to the book I'm writing. My mind goes off on its tangent, and I suddenly realize I haven't listened to the narrator for about half a mile. I always have to stop and rewind to get back on track with the audiobook.

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

A recent novel I read and thoroughly enjoyed was Alexandra's Appeal by Hallee Bridgeman. This story about flawed characters struggling with their faith and life choices spoke to me. They faced obstacles that are very real-life faith deterrents that we face. Bridgeman handled sensitive issues with grace and truth. An excellent read for me.

What are you working on now?

I am working on the third book of the Driftwood Cove series, Center Point. This story is about Cinda’s sister, Glenna and her husband, Jeffrey. Glenna finds out some difficult news about Jeffrey in Cornerstone, and she must decide if fighting for her marriage is worth the work. Plus, she finds out some startling news of her own and faces difficult decisions about her business. It’s an emotional roller coaster of a story.

That sounds exciting, Nancy! Where else can readers find you online?

www.nancyjfarrier.com
Facebook
Amazon
Bookbub
Goodreads
Twitter
Instagram

Readers, I can't provide a purchase button for you for Nancy's book yet, because its release date has been pushed to June--we're a little ahead of Amazon on this one. But you'll be able to Amazon search for it soon.

Finally, Nancy, what question would you like to ask my readers?

I am an avid reader. I read on my phone with my Kindle app and I read print books. When I walk or do housework, I listen to audiobooks. I’d love to hear about your reading experience. Are you as fanatical as I am about stories? What type of books speak to you the most? Do you like audiobooks? Ebook? Print?

Thanks, Nancy, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Nancy has offered to give away a free copy of her book. To enter, click on the word "comments" below to reach the comments page, and leave your answer and your email in answer to Nancy's question above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that U.S. subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

Only United States residents are eligible for the drawing, but anyone can subscribe to the blog posts via the GDPA-compliant Feedblitz box above my list of books, at right.

Also readers, if you connect with me on Bookbub, you'll get alerts when my books release and when they're available at special sale prices. And if you'd like to connect with me on Facebook, just click HERE or on my name at the right of today's post title.

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Monday, May 17, 2021

Sharon Hinck and Free Books!

The island world of Meriel faces an old adversary and a new danger. Will the reformed Order die before it has a chance to blossom?

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of the southern women's novel, Dust, by Eva Marie Everson, is:

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Congratulations! We'll get your book right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to learn about new releases! U.S. subscribers are entered in the drawings a second time when they comment.

And now let's chat with novelist Sharon Hinck, author of the Faith-fueled Fantasy novel, Windward Shore (Book 3 in the Dancing Realms Series) (Enclave Publishing, May 2021).

Award-winning author Sharon Hinck writes “stories for the hero in all of us,” about ordinary people on extraordinary faith journeys. Known for their authenticity, emotional range, and spiritual depth, her novels include humorous contemporary fiction, women’s fiction, the ground-breaking Sword of Lyric fantasy series, and her new Dancing Realms series. 

She has been honored with a Christy finalist medal, three Carol awards, and a 2020 Christy Award in the Visionary category for her fantasy novel, Hidden Current.

Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

I used to be a good tap dancer.

My granddaughter takes tap, among other styles, and she loves demonstrating her latest moves on the tile floors in the house. I always wanted to take tap as a kid!

The covers for The Dancing Realms series are really beautiful. Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Windward Shore.

In this third and final book of The Dancing Realms Series, storm clouds loom on the horizon as Carya and Brantley struggle to overcome wounds of the past and build a future together. The fragile new Order is on shaky ground, with too few dancers and sparse resources. Then trouble erupts—and now an insidious rebellion and a new foe threaten their entire world.

When she uncovers an old enemy behind all the destruction, Carya realizes the past is not done with her. With conflict tearing apart the dancers and villages, rimmers are soon overrun, and Carya must unite her people by leading the battle to protect the very heart of her world … or lose it all.

What is it about Carya that will make your readers care about her?

Carya is constantly growing and changing. She throws her heart into serving her Maker and caring for those she loves, but sometimes makes wrong assumptions or struggles with the sacrifices she faces. Readers have related to her because she has escaped lies, made bold choices, and yet struggles with physical limitations that frustrate her. She continues to discover that the Maker can accomplish His purposes even in her weakness.

Oh, my, how often do we all make wrong assumptions, even while trying to serve our Maker? That's a good quality to give your heroine.

How do you restart the creative flow when you feel a block coming on?

Brainstorming with writing buddies, taking a walk, going to a museum.

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

I’m currently listening to the audio book of The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. His fantasy novels are rich and full of interesting characters and detailed world-building that I admire. 

I'm such a fan of audio books now. So many of my tasks (especially power walking!) are now pleasures, thanks to the adventures I have through audio books.

What are you working on now?


A new stand-alone epic fantasy novel.

We'll keep our eyes open for that. Where else can readers find you online?

www.sharonhinck.com

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



Readers, you can access a sample from the novel by going HERE and clicking on Look Inside.

Finally, Sharon, what question would you like to ask my readers?

In what ways have you seen God work through your life in spite of (or because of) your weakness or limitations?

Thank you, Sharon, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Sharon has offered to give away a free copy of her book. To enter, click on the word "comments" below to reach the comments page, and leave your answer and your email in answer to Sharon's question above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that U.S. subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

Only United States residents are eligible for the drawing, but anyone can subscribe to the blog posts via the GDPA-compliant Feedblitz box above my list of books, at right.

Also readers, if you connect with me on Bookbub, you'll get alerts when my books release and when they're available at special sale prices. And if you'd like to connect with me on Facebook, just click HERE or on my name at the right of today's post title.

Annoying legal disclaimer: as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases; drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer, GDPA notice, and my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE

Monday, May 10, 2021

Eva Marie Everson and Free Books!

Allison Houser is a woman—a grandmother—looking back on her life, her marriage, and motherhood and questioning whether she will leave behind a legacy that matters at all.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free Kindle copy of the inspirational novel, Eyes of Our Heart, by Nancy Moser, is:

cheetahthecat1986@...

Congratulations! We'll get your book right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to learn about new releases! U.S. subscribers are entered in the drawings a second time when they comment.

And now let's chat with novelist Eva Marie Everson, author of the southern women's novel, Dust (Firefly Southern Fiction, March 2021).

Eva Marie Everson is the multiple award-winning, bestselling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She is the president of Word Weavers International and the director of Florida Christian Writers Conference. Eva Marie is a frequent speaker and keynote presenter at writers conferences across America. 

She and her husband make their home in Central Florida where they enjoy time with their children and grandchildren. They are owned by one very persnickety cat (is there another kind?). 

Dust is her 40th title.

Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

I’ve been struck by lightning.

Wow. I don't think I've ever actually met someone who experienced that! I won't make any puns about your sparkling personality--I'm sure you've heard them all.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Dust.

In 1977, when nineteen-year-old Allison Middleton receives a proposal of marriage from Westley Houser, she eagerly accepts, having no idea the secret Westley carries—a secret that will change Allison’s life forever. But Allison rises to the challenge of raising Westley’s toddling daughter as though she were her own.

Over the course of their lifetime together, Allison, Westley, and Michelle form the strong bond of family. As Allison struggles with infertility and finding her way during a time of great change for women, others—some she knows and others whom she never meets—brush and weave against the fabric of her life, leaving her with more questions than answers.

From teen bride to grandmother, Allison’s life chronicles the ups and downs of an ordinary woman’s life to examine the value of what we all leave behind.

What is it about Allison that will make your readers care about her?

She’s real. When she is a young woman of 19, she has the stars of love in her eyes. When she is a widow in her sixties, she understands what real love is. True sacrifice. And the act of putting one foot in front of the other when you think you cannot go forward.

I love stories that draw readers into the young lives of people now in the later stages of life. All too often we act as if older people never lived. 

How do you restart the creative flow when you feel a block coming on?

I take a walk. Or I watch an old movie. Or, listen to good music. Sometimes, I sit down with what I know is a good book. Let someone else’s talent become the muse.

Yes, I've actually watched movies before with the express purpose of keeping that right hemisphere open to what might spark. The ideas are never the same as what's going on in the film, but the inspiration is there.

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

Right Kind of Fool by Sarah Loudin Thomas. The book was entered in the Selah Awards. When the first score came back, I knew I wanted to buy my own copy. I saw Sarah a week later at a conference, but I didn’t tell her I had ordered the book … I wanted to see, first, if I liked it. Liked it?? I could hardly put it down. Such talent this girl has!

Great recommendation. I read the summary on the Amazon page--intriguing! 

What are you working on now?

The Third Path, which is nonfiction. I’m also researching some WWII history and doing research for a series of children’s books.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.EvaMarieEversonAUTHOR.com
Facebook (personal) and Facebook Author
Pinterest
Instagram

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



Readers, you can access a sample from the novel by going HERE and clicking on Look Inside.

Finally, Eva, what question would you like to ask my readers?

How do you feel about what we are now calling “clean reads” vs. “Christian Fiction”?

Thanks, Eva, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Eva has offered to give away a free copy of her book. To enter, click on the word "comments" below to reach the comments page, and leave your answer and your email in answer to Eva's question above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that U.S. subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

Only United States residents are eligible for the drawing, but anyone can subscribe to the blog posts via the GDPA-compliant Feedblitz box above my list of books, at right.

Also readers, if you connect with me on Bookbub, you'll get alerts when my books release and when they're available at special sale prices. And if you'd like to connect with me on Facebook, just click HERE or on my name at the right of today's post title.

Annoying legal disclaimer: as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases; drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer, GDPA notice, and my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE

Monday, May 3, 2021

When She Stumbled -- Brand New Romantic Comedy!



My latest romantic comedy, When She Stumbled
has just been released for 
Kindle and in print!


Here's a bit about the story:

Georgie Hobbs awakens on a gorgeous morning in her lovely Washington, DC apartment and stands on the precipice of professional and personal success. She’s the author of an exciting new biography about a hotshot marriage therapist. She has a talented boyfriend in Manhattan, where she may move if their love continues to grow.

But in a matter of hours, Georgie sees her vision of the future crumble in nearly every respect—her career, her love, her home—gone.

City girl Georgie escapes to the tiny rural town of Grimsey, Iowa, to lick her wounds and find shelter with her sister’s family. Thanks to an old movie star, a handsome sculptor, and unearthed secrets, shelter is just the beginning of what she finds.

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



And you can read a sample of the story by going HERE and clicking on "Look Inside."

Happy reading!

Nancy Moser and Free Books!

Five people notice God at work in their lives. They have a choice whether to ignore Him or join Him. Their decisions are life-changing.

Before we revisit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of the contemporary romance, Bookshop by the Sea, by Denise Hunter, is:

Mviss@...

Congratulations! We'll get your book right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to learn about new releases! U.S. subscribers are entered in the drawings a second time when they comment.

And now let's catch up with novelist Nancy Moser, author of the inspirational novel, Eyes of Our Heart (Mustard Seed Press, September 2020).

Nancy Moser is the author of over forty books. Her award-winning stories will inspire you to discover your unique God-given purpose. Her genres include both contemporary and historical stories, inspirational humor, and children's books.

Some of her books have garnered awards. The Pattern Artist was a finalist for a Romantic Times award. An Unlikely Suitor was named to Booklist's Top 100 Romance Novels of the last decade. Nancy's time-travel novel, Time Lottery, won a Christy Award, and Washington's Lady was a finalist.

Nancy and her husband live in the Midwest. She's earned a degree in architecture, traveled extensively in Europe, and has performed in numerous theaters, symphonies, and choirs. She is a fan of anything antique--humans included.

That last sentence gets more complimentary as time passes...

You have such an impressive list of accolades for your novels, Nancy! Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you. Something that has nothing to do with writing.

I performed in community theatre in Brigadoon, My Fair Lady, and Fiddler on the Roof.

You're definitely strong in the arts! 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Eyes of Our Heart.

When I write a novel, I become totally invested in the characters. So do readers, and they often ask me what happened to so-and-so. That’s why I decided to revisit some of my favorite characters in Eyes of Our Heart. I chose some favorites from A Steadfast Surrender, the Mustard Seed Series, and the Sister Circle series, placing them all fifteen years later.

Eyes of Our Hearts was inspired by Ephesians 1: 18: "I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people." This verse spurred me to follow five ordinary people as they share a common desire to see how God is working in their lives. But are they willing to merge their journey with His?

One eagerly accepts His invitation but has her own ideas about how His plan should play out. One feels she is too ordinary and of little use. One tries too hard to make things happen. Another continues their faithful life, seeking His ways. Yet another wants nothing to do with Him. How would you react?

That's a fascinating idea. I wish I had thought of it! It's such a good idea for those readers, as you said, who wonder what happened to characters featured in your past works.

How do you restart the creative flow when you feel a block coming on?

I interview one of my characters about the important moments in their lives. That usually reveals some interesting personal history that leads to a new scene or plotline.

I believe I'll actually use that hint to generate some new info for the Christmas novella I'm currently writing. I'm not stuck, but your idea probably helps at any point in the writing process.

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

Randy Alcorn’s Safely Home. It showcases the persecution of Christians in China. But it’s so much more than that. It really made me think about the depth and strength of my own faith. What would I sacrifice for my faith? It’s a book I will never forget.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a novel called An Undiscovered Life. My mother died in 2020 at age 99. While going through her belongings I realized all the different roles she’d played in her long life: a wife, mother, entrepreneur, teacher, saleswoman, activist, fashion designer, dreamer . . . It inspired An Undiscovered Life, a book about a matriarch who shares the lessons of her life with her family. They discover they have much in common, and much to learn—and cherish—from each other. We shouldn’t think of our elders as simply old. They are seasoned and wise and can be an inspiration!

Yes! And we do ourselves and our elders such a disservice to put off learning about them and from them while they're still with us. I was so glad my grandson took such an interest in my father's WWII career while my father was still alive. We learned things I never knew. Your new novel sounds like it will be excellent.

Where else can readers find you online?

I’m an avid pinner on Pinterest with boards from fashion to books to recipes to decorating. I also post daily “visual verses” on Facebook. I started doing this on March 21, 2020 when the pandemic was starting, and I’m still doing it over a year later. Readers can find all my books on my website at www.nancymoser.com, and read my blogs of inspirational humor and interesting historical tidbits. Also find me at Goodreads, Instagram, and Bookbub.

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



Readers, you can access a sample from the novel by going HERE and clicking on Look Inside.

Finally, Nancy, what question would you like to ask my readers?

What makes you read a certain book? The cover? The title? An inner need for inspiration, curiosity, or simply a desire to be entertained?

Thank you, Nancy, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Nancy has offered to give away a free copy of her book. To enter, click on the word "comments" below to reach the comments page, and leave your answer and your email in answer to Nancy's question above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that U.S. subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

Only United States residents are eligible for the drawing, but anyone can subscribe to the blog posts via the GDPA-compliant Feedblitz box above my list of books, at right.

Also readers, if you connect with me on Bookbub, you'll get alerts when my books release and when they're available at special sale prices. And if you'd like to connect with me on Facebook, just click HERE or on my name at the right of today's post title.

Annoying legal disclaimer: as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases; drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer, GDPA notice, and my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE
 

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